discard

verb
dis·​card | \ dis-ˈkärd How to pronounce discard (audio) , ˈdis-ˌkärd \
discarded; discarding; discards

Definition of discard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to get rid of especially as useless or unwanted a pile of discarded tires They quickly discarded the idea.
2a : to remove (a playing card) from one's hand (see hand entry 1 sense 7a(1)) discarded an ace
b : to play (any card except a trump) from a suit different from the one led

intransitive verb

: to discard a playing card discard at the end of your turn

discard

noun
dis·​card | \ ˈdis-ˌkärd How to pronounce discard (audio) \

Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of removing a playing card from one's hand : the act of discarding (see discard entry 1 sense 2a)
b : a card discarded collected the discards
2 : one that is cast off or rejected

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Other Words from discard

Verb

discardable \ dis-​ˈkärd-​də-​bəl How to pronounce discard (audio) , ˈdis-​ˌkär-​ \ adjective
discarder noun

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Verb

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

Examples of discard in a Sentence

Verb Remove and discard the stems. a pile of discarded tires She discarded the six of hearts. Noun toss all of your discards in the garbage
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Regulators also required them to discard immature fish, even though the fish were unlikely to survive and reproduce. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Researchers say Europe’s ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard is backfiring," 13 Jan. 2021 Cut off and discard the top third of the garlic head, leaving the cloves intact. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three hearty stews that let you skip a step," 5 Jan. 2021 Others, like Italy's President Sergio Mattarella, flew the flag for science, urging citizens to discard their fears about getting immunized against covid-19. Arkansas Online, "Pandemic-struck world ushers in '21 from home," 1 Jan. 2021 Others, like Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella, flew the flag for science, urging citizens to discard their fears about getting immunized against COVID-19. Author: Frank Jordans, Derek Gatopoulos, Anchorage Daily News, "New Year’s revelry around the world muted by pandemic as curtain draws on 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Others, like Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella, flew the flag for science, urging citizens to discard their fears about getting immunized against COVID-19. Time, "New Year's Revelries Are Muted by Coronavirus as the Curtain Draws on 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 The vials' removal from refrigeration at Aurora Medical Center just north of Milwaukee, and the subsequent need to discard them Saturday, means more than 500 doses were lost, Advocate Aurora Health said. Jason Hanna And Jennifer Feldman, CNN, "FBI investigating after hospital says worker intentionally removed vaccine from fridge," 31 Dec. 2020 Others, like Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella, flew the flag for science, urging citizens to discard their fears about getting immunized against COVID-19. Frank Jordans And Derek Gatopoulos, chicagotribune.com, "New Year’s festivities muted by coronavirus as curtain draws on 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Trim off and discard the leafy parts of the lemongrass stalk, remove the tough outer leaves of the bulb portion until the smooth, pale green core is exposed, and trim off the root end. Dallas News, "3 soothing chicken soup recipes: Tom Kha Gai, Thukpa and Sopa de Lima," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In practice, exemptions make the discard regulations much harder to enforce. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Researchers say Europe’s ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard is backfiring," 13 Jan. 2021 Bring to a medium boil (this can take 5 to 10 minutes), skim froth from the surface using a large spoon and discard froth. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Give your new year an auspicious start with a warming soup full of a black-eyed peas and winter greens," 31 Dec. 2020 Olga Massov developed this New York-style pizza dough to make use of her sourdough discard. Washington Post, "Our top 10 baking recipes of 2020 featured cake, pie and a whole bunch of bread," 19 Dec. 2020 Transfer chicken and apples to plate, discard thyme and return skillet to medium heat. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken With Sautéed Apples and Mushrooms," 17 Dec. 2020 Reserve 1/2 cup of the puree and discard or repurpose the rest, such as stirring it into sparkling water. Washington Post, "This apple and pear cake recipe was a family mystery, until I cracked its delicious code," 16 Dec. 2020 Remove the onion, garlic, and bay leaf from the pot and discard. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "Frisco cookbook author Mely Martínez shares her favorite holiday recipe: Tamales de Puerco," 11 Dec. 2020 The result of the discard is that each player is left with four cards. cleveland, "For your holiday pleasure, we offer Crooks, a new card game appropriate for a year of thieves and miscreants," 14 Nov. 2020 Leaves are too precious a soil amendment to bundle, bag and discard. Washington Post, "Winter wonders: Conifers revive the sleeping garden. But remember, less is more.," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of discard

Verb

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of discard was circa 1578

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Discard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discard. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for discard

discard

verb
How to pronounce discard (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to throw (something) away because it is useless or unwanted
: to remove (a playing card) from your hand in a card game

discard

noun
How to pronounce discard (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a playing card) that has been discarded

discard

verb
dis·​card | \ di-ˈskärd How to pronounce discard (audio) \
discarded; discarding

Kids Definition of discard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to get rid of as useless or unwanted
2 : to throw down an unwanted card from a hand of cards

discard

noun
dis·​card | \ ˈdi-ˌskärd How to pronounce discard (audio) \

Kids Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

: something thrown away or rejected

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